Welcome to the last Independent Living newsletter of 2023! 20.12.23 Contents:
• Disabled people downgraded
• How much exercise is enough?
•Open All Hours
•New Indivo height-adjustable worktops
• What does the Treasury need to know?
• First biodegradable shampoo cap
1. Disabled people downgraded
The allocation of ministerial briefs is a good way to get a sense of a government's priorities. For example, immigration is a topic they are greatly exercised about, so it now has the attentions of not one but two dedicated ministers.
One of those, Tom Pursglove, used to be Minister for Disabled People. His post was left vacant in the recent reshuffle, and then following considerable public outcry, Mims Davies MP was given the downgraded job to do on top of her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression.
Shape Arts' annual open exhibition is back for the 11th year, with works from 18 international artists, created in response to a disability-centred theme.
This year, they are confronting society's time pressures, as the 24/7 culture of waking, work and productivity has invaded every corner of our lives, even the bedroom, with our devices constantly linked to the world outside. Adults are now estimated to sleep 1-2 hours less per night than in the 1960s.
The latest additions to Pressalit's Indivo accessible kitchen range were showcased for the first time at the recent OT Show.
Indivo height adjustable lifting units are now available in two colours (white or grey) as wall hung or free-standing units. They can be matched with any worktop and lift up to 100 or 150 kg depending on needs.
It's a good question! The new Chief Secretary to the Treasury should be well aware of the harm being caused to disabled benefit claimants by DWP procedures, as she was previously an Under Secretary of State in that department.
But disability campaigner Mo Stewart has her doubts, so she has written to inform her.
You can read her letter here - and please consider forwarding it to your own MP. Many of them are still unaware of what's happening to many of their constituents.
6. First biodegradable shampoo cap
Waterless, a pioneer in sustainable healthcare solutions, has launched the world's first 100% biodegradable shampoo cap. This innovative product is poised to transform hygiene practices in the healthcare sector by providing an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional non-recyclable shampoo caps.
It is estimated that the NHS alone uses 300,000 shampoo caps a year, so adopting a biodegradable version will save a significant amount of single-use plastic waste.
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That's it until next year!
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